Hawes (shoulder) didn't see the floor in Sunday's 106-73 Game 7 loss to the Heat. Hawes was surprisingly deemed active for the series finale after the Hornets initially ruled him out for the remainder of the first round, but it appears he was only available in an emergency. With the Heat pushing their lead to 30 points by the end of the third quarter, there was no need for coach Steve Clifford to call Hawes' number with the game slipping away.
Hawes (shoulder) is going to try and play in Sunday's Game 7 against the Heat, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Hawes wasn't expected to be available at all during the rest of the first-round series against the Heat, so this news comes as a surprise. He's dealing with a right MCL sprain, but after going through warm-ups Sunday morning, Hawes is feeling good enough to take the court. It remains questionable what kind of minutes Hawes will see in his return, but it wouldn't be surprising if the Hornets decided to limit his playing time a bit. With Hawes back in the lineup, Frank Kaminsky and Marvin Williams could see a slight decrease in minutes.
Hawes has been ruled out for at least one week after an MRI on Thursday revealed an MCL sprain. Fortunately the Hornets have the upper hand in their current series with the Heat, leading 3-2, but Hawes won't be able to return to the court until a potential Round 2 matchup with either the Raptors or Pacers. Either way, Hawes has an ancillary role with the Hornets while playing behind Marvin Williams, Frank Kaminsky, Cody Zeller, and Al Jefferson.
Hawes is considered doubtful for Friday's Game 6 against the Heat due to a right knee sprain, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports. Hawes has played only a minor role off the bench throughout the series, but if he's ultimately ruled out the Hornets would miss his rebounding and floor-spacing ability. Look for a more definitive update at Friday's shootaround, and if Hawes sits the likes of Frank Kaminsky and Cody Zeller could each see mild bumps in minutes.
Hawes had four points (1-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists, two rebounds, and one block in 13 minutes during the Hornets' 113-99 win against the Nets on Friday. Hawes dealt with a back injury for most of March and appeared in only three games. However, he has played in four straight contests during April while averaging 4.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 0.8 blocks in 15 minutes per matchup. Still, Cody Zeller, Al Jefferson, and Frank Kaminsky are all ahead of Hawes on the depth chart, and he is only useful in the deepest fantasy leagues.
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